Eickhoff signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The 30-year-old righty will earn $1.25 million if he makes the big-league roster and could earn up to $2 million with incentives. He was very briefly on the Padres' big-league roster last season but didn't get into a game on his lone day on the squad. His 4.15 ERA in 440 career major-league innings is perfectly respectable, though he owns a 5.07 ERA since the start of 2017.
Eickhoff signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Sunday. Eickhoff was quick to find an opportunity in another organization after he was granted his release from San Diego on Wednesday. He'll join the Rangers' 60-man roster pool and will report to the Rangers' alternate training site, but Eickhoff could be in line for a quick promotion if Texas parts with other pitchers prior to Monday's trade deadline. Eickhoff made 12 appearances (10 starts) for Philadelphia in 2019, posting a 5.71 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over 58.1 innings.
Eickhoff was optioned to the Padres' alternate training site Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Just one day after his contract was selected by San Diego, Eickhoff will return to alternate camp after failing to make an appearance out of the bullpen. Outfielder Abraham Almonte was added to the active roster to take Eickhoff's place.
The Padres selected Eickhoff's contract from their alternate training site prior to Sunday's game against the Rockies. He'll assume the active roster spot of first baseman Eric Hosmer (illness), who was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a non-COVID-19-related illness. Though all but three of Eickhoff's previous 78 major-league appearances -- all with the Phillies -- came as a starter, the right-hander is expected to work in a long-relief role for San Diego.
Eickhoff is part of the Padres' three-man taxi squad on their current road trip, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Eickhoff enjoyed a strong spring, but he was never a serious contender for a spot in the Padres' rotation. The veteran has been a starter throughout most of his big-league career and can thus fill in as a long reliever or spot starter. He won't be able to participate in games unless a member of the current 30-man roster goes down to injury or tests positive for COVID-19.
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